November 30, 2010: Dr. Kris Bulcroft installed as Capilano University’s vice-chancellor

      Tuesday, November 30, 2010
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Dr. Kris Bulcroft, Capilano University’s sixth president and second vice-chancellor, was invested with her new robes of office during an installation ceremony held at the University’s fall convocation on November 29.

      The newly installed vice-chancellor was joined at the ceremony by numerous dignitaries, including MLAs Joan McIntyre, Ralph Sultan and Jane Thornthwaite, and North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton.

      Dr. Bulcroft received the oath of office before Dr. Robin Brayne, chair of Capilano University’s board of governors.

      She told students and their guests that while they were gathered to celebrate individual achievements, their Capilano education will become the foundation for building connections, collaboration and community.

      “Meaningful change in this complex world cannot come through individual efforts alone,” she said, “and Capilano has prepared each of its graduates to make a contribution to their communities and to the greater society by recognizing the importance of working together.”

      The ceremony is available for viewing at, where photos will also be posted after the event.

      Dr. Bulcroft took the reins as Capilano University’s sixth president on August 1, 2010. She brings to the presidency a lifelong commitment to education as a university professor and academic administrator.
      Dr. Bulcroft had a distinguished 20-year career at Western Washington University, serving as a professor of sociology as well as vice-provost for undergraduate education – a position she held until 2008 when she joined Franklin College as provost and vice-president for academic affairs.

      She holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University, an MA from Eastern Washington University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her primary field of study is sociology, with emphasis on family life and aging. Dr. Bulcroft has published widely on these issues and has worked as a research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She is also a recipient of several Fulbright Awards for research and teaching in Canada and Slovakia, and has served as a reviewer for Fulbright proposals for Central Europe.

      In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Bulcroft enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking with her husband, Richard Bulcroft, who is an associate professor of sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham. They have a daughter, Anastasia Polda, who is a graduate student in history at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at